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Young surveying high fliers compete to drive their career forward

The most inspiring young surveyors – who make the UK a better place to live, work and visit – are currently being given the opportunity to have their talent recognised nationally and be rewarded with a car to help them in their career.
The national RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards launched three years ago to raise awareness of the diverse range of young talented surveyors, trainees and apprentices – aged 35 and under – helping to shape and improve the communities we live in, and to recognise the future leaders of the profession.
volvoThis year, surveyors who enter the RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards by the deadline of 21 July, are also in with a chance of winning a Volvo V40 D2 on a 23-month lease to further aid their career, courtesy of principal sponsors of the awards, Santander Consumer Finance.  
The nine categories in the awards cover a variety of surveying disciplines, and this year a new ‘Apprentice of the Year’ accolade has been introduced to celebrate the growing number of future talent coming into the industry through the apprenticeship route. The awards will also seek out the UK’s overall ‘Young Surveyor of the Year’ – awarded to the professional who has not only achieved great success in their respective role and sector, but also demonstrates an unwavering commitment to improving the industry and the wider profession.
Last year the ‘UK Young Surveyor of the Year’ title went to Matthew Fedigan, 30, Director at Domec Facilities Management in Liverpool. Matthew co-founded the business over five years ago – which delivers technical facilities solutions relating to the management and upkeep of buildings – and it has since grown rapidly with turnover now approaching £3 million. Matthew is an RICS ‘APC doctor’ too, responsible for advising and supporting Building Surveying candidates through their Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) – professional examinations to become a fully qualified chartered surveyor.
Matthew Howell, RICS Managing Director for UK & Ireland said: “These awards are so important as they elevate the profile of the young high achievers – such as Matthew – in the surveying industry who are making a huge difference, shaping the future of our communities and the wider profession. We’re delighted to be launching a new apprenticeship category this year too as we recognise the importance of apprenticeships in helping to expand routes into the profession and creating a valuable young talent pool of potential future leaders that will help us bridge the skills gap.”
He adds: “Every year we follow the careers of the winners and it’s wonderful to see them go on to climb the career ladder further and inspire others. We’re looking forward to recognising and rewarding this year’s winners, helping them in their career, and seeing them go on to achieve more of their career goals.”
David Keddie MRICS, Chair of the RICS UK Matrics Board – a networking and support group for young surveyors –  is heading up this year’s judging panel. He commented: “These awards celebrate the very best young role models in our industry who are enjoying hugely successful careers, working on some of the most exciting built projects and initiatives. So they provide an ideal opportunity for companies – however large or small – to showcase the achievements of their young professionals, which in turn will help inspire future talent into the industry. Potentially winning a car too is certainly a bonus for any young professional.”
Click here to Nominate or enter the 2017 RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards. The winners will be announced at a black-tie ceremony on 17 November in London.

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